On July 11, 2018 we lost a great man whose scope of influence was wide reaching.
Fred Robinson was born on February 16th, 1932 to the late Reverend W.C. Robinson and Ophelia Williams Robinson in Round O, South Carolina.
He leaves behind his three children, daughter Min. Edythe (Quincy) Jones, Bernadette (Nolan) Jones, and son Dr. Derrick (Kimberly) Robinson. He has five grandchildren Lena (Marcus) Carlton, Aaron Robinson, Timothy Jones, Sean Robinson and Joseph Robinson. He has three great-grand-children, Laila, Remy, and Anya Carlton. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred overcame many challenges including dropping out of high school twice. He eventually graduated high school and was offered a scholarship to The Tuskegee Institute.
He was unable to afford college expenses and served in the Army as a pharmacy technician. He then used the G.I. Bill to attend Temple University. During this time he married Constance Cook and one year later had the first of three children. Fred graduated Temple University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Chemistry with a Minor in German. He worked diligently for nine years to complete his Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania while working for Rohm & Haas. Fred took great pride in the breadth of his education and was the epitome of a well-educated man.
Fred had a distinguished research career and was owner of several patents. Additionally, he was devoted to the recruitment and advancement of African Americans in Chemistry.
Fred Robinson, to his family, was The Patriarch. He took time to know and befriend his children, grand-children and great-grand-children. He became the extended family of friends. He left an impression everywhere.
Our father's greatest passion outside the family was golf. His love of the game was infectious and was passed on to his son. "Uncle Freddy" was an integral part of the lives of his extended family and he will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a caring member of his community.